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January 13th to March 6th

Course Title/Number: PRM 300 Ecotourism

Liberal Studies Designation: Cultural Understanding & Global Diversity

Semester Offered: Winter/Spring

Credit: 3 Semester Hour

Course Facilitator: Dr. Charles Hammersley               

Office: SBS West, room 250

Office phone: (928) 523-6655 

Office Address: Northern Arizona University, 70 McConnell Drive, room 201, PO Box 15016, Flagstaff, AZ  86011-5016

E-mail: charles.hammersley@nau.edu

Office Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (other hours available by appointment)

Course Prerequisites: none

Course Description: Course will introduce students to the history, concepts, principles, marketing, planning and management of ecotourism activities and development which promote cultural and environmental awareness and local economic benefits with an emphasis on non-western cultures.

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Liberal Studies Information - Cultural Understanding (CU) & Global Diversity

Purpose of Cultural Understanding:

The purpose of the Cultural Understanding Distribution Block is to enhance students’ understanding of different cultures of the world through the study of language, literature, religion, and artistic creation.  These courses provide students with an experience of diverse cultures (different from their own), and an analytic framework that facilitates awareness of how cultures vary and shape human experience. Students become more familiar with cultures of the world and develop an appreciation for the unique features and perspectives of varied cultural traditions.

Purpose of Global Diversity:

The Global Diversity requirement increases students’ awareness of values, perspectives, and experiences of non-Western cultures through non-Western voices. Knowledge of non-Western perspectives helps students develop a greater understanding of other ways of thinking and working within a global society

Essential Skills – Critical Thinking :  The content of the course will present opportunities for the students to gain and apply ecotourism concepts to their personal travel, community and societal environments. Through readings, videos and written assignments, they will investigate and evaluate various concepts related to ecotourism.

Student Learning Expectations/Outcomes

Students will :

1.    identify fundamental ecotourism concepts

2.    describe the similarities and differences between the concepts of ecotourism, sustainable tourism, and green travel.

3.    assess the individual, societal and cultural applications for ecotourism concepts.

4.    summarize individual and cultural challenges which may result from implementing ecotourism concepts

5.    critically evaluate the concepts of ecotourism based on current trends and scientific investigations

6.    apply the prior items into an ecotour project.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Students will be assessed through readings of an ecotourism text, multiple choice tests (2), and assignments (7). Students will also complete an ecotour literature review, develop a seven day ecotour, and a case study assignments.

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Textbook: ( Please be sure to order your texts well in advance of the class date to be sure you have before the course begins.)

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Required Text: Fennell, D. (2015). ecotourism (4th ed). New York: Routledge.

ISBN: 978-0-415-82965-6 (pbk)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.    ISBN-10: 14338-0561-8 (pbk)

Course Objectives: Competencies:

bullet Knowledge of current trends in ecotourism
bullet Ability to discuss the importance of the local ecology, culture, history and economic development balanced with a social responsibility.
bullet Ability to identify ecotourism markets.
bullet Awareness of conserving natural resources and maintaining the integrity of the indigenous culture.
bullet Developing a feasibility study for potential ecotourism projects.
bullet Knowledge of tour planning and site development

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Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Methods of Assessment:

  •  Tests - The two tests will be evaluations that are multiple choice questions to assess learning of key concepts from the course textbook. Each exam will be based on the course textbook and web site.
  • Written Assignments - There are seven written assignments (see Assignments). Each assignment will be graded based the quality and use of evidence from the class and outside materials.
  • Timeline for Assessment (See Student Grade Report)

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Course Requirements & Grading Basis:

Tests (2 @ 15 pts each)

  30%

Ecotourism Project

  20%

Literature Review

  20%

Module Activities (5 @ 6 pts each)

  30%

Total 

100%

Extra Credit - Optional
Ecotourism Case Study

5 pts

Note: The Grade Total in BbLearn is a cumulative grade so as you submit more tests and assignments the grade goes up. The points for each test and assignment is given in the course Syllabus.

Course assignments and due dates are listed in the Student Grade Report

Important Note: Assignments may be turned in early, but no assignments or tests will be accepted after their due dates.

calculator icon To Calculate your Grade:

1) Add the five module assignment grades; then divide that number by 5; then multiply that number by .3;

2) Add the two test grades; then divide that number by 2; then multiply that number by .3;

3) Add the Literature Review and Ecotour grades; then divide that number by 2; then multiply that number by .4;

4) Add the numbers from steps 1 through 3 to get your numerical grade.

6) See the information below (Grading Basis) for converting your numerical grade to a letter grade.

Grading Basis:

90 – 100 = A; 80 – 89 = B; 70 – 79 = C; 60 – 69 = D; less than 59 = F

Syllabus Policy Statements

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

NAU expects every student to firmly adhere to a strong ethical code of academic integrity in all their scholarly pursuits. The primary attributes of academic integrity are honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and responsibility. As a student, you are expected to submit original work while giving proper credit to other people’s ideas or contributions. Acting with academic integrity means completing your assignments independently while truthfully acknowledging all sources of information, or collaboration with others when appropriate. When you submit your work, you are implicitly declaring that the work is your own. Academic integrity is expected not only during formal coursework, but in all your relationships or interactions that are connected to the educational enterprise. All forms of academic deceit such as plagiarism, cheating, collusion, falsification or fabrication of results or records, permitting your work to be submitted by another, or inappropriately recycling your own work from one class to another, constitute academic misconduct that may result in serious disciplinary consequences. All students and faculty members are responsible for reporting suspected instances of academic misconduct. All students are encouraged to complete NAU’s online academic integrity workshop available in the E-Learning Center and should review the full academic integrity policy available at https://policy.nau.edu/policy/policy.aspx?num=100601.

COURSE TIME COMMITMENT

Pursuant to Arizona Board of Regents guidance (Academic Credit Policy 2-224), for every unit of credit, a student should expect, on average, to do a minimum of three hours of work per week, including but not limited to class time, preparation, homework, and studying.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Membership in NAU’s academic community entails a special obligation to maintain class environments that are conductive to learning, whether instruction is taking place in the classroom, a laboratory or clinical setting, during course-related fieldwork, or online. Students have the obligation to engage in the educational process in a manner that does not interfere with normal class activities or violate the rights of others. Instructors have the authority and responsibility to address disruptive behavior that interferes with student learning, which can include the involuntary withdrawal of a student from a course with a grade of “W”. For additional information, see NAU’s disruptive behavior policy at https://nau.edu/university-policy-library/disruptive-behavior.

NONDISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT

NAU prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, gender, gender identity, race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Due to potentially unethical consequences, certain consensual amorous or sexual relationships between faculty and students are also prohibited. The Equity and Access Office (EAO) responds to complaints regarding discrimination and harassment that fall under NAU’s Safe Working and Learning Environment (SWALE) policy. EAO also assists with religious accommodations. For additional information about SWALE or to file a complaint, contact EAO located in Old Main (building 10), Room 113, PO Box 4083, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, or by phone at 928-523-3312 (TTY: 928-523-1006), fax at 928-523-9977, email at equityandaccess@nau.edu, or via the EAO website at https://nau.edu/equity-and-access.

TITLE IX

Title IX is the primary federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in educational programs or activities. Sex discrimination for this purpose includes sexual harassment, sexual assault or relationship violence, and stalking (including cyber-stalking). Title IX requires that universities appoint a “Title IX Coordinator” to monitor the institution’s compliance with this important civil rights law. NAU’s Title IX Coordinator is Pamela Heinonen, Director of the Equity and Access Office located in Old Main (building 10), Room 113, PO Box 4083, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with any student to discuss any Title IX issue or concern. You may contact the Title IX Coordinator by phone at 928-523-3312 (TTY: 928-523-1006), by fax at 928-523-9977, or by email at pamela.heinonen@nau.edu. In furtherance of its Title IX obligations, NAU will promptly investigate and equitably resolve all reports of sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment, or
sexual misconduct and will eliminate any hostile environment as defined by law. Additional important information about Title IX and related student resources, including how to request immediate help or confidential support following an act of sexual violence, is available at http://nau.edu/equity-and-access/title-ix.

ACCESSIBILITY

Professional disability specialists are available at Disability Resources to facilitate a range of academic support services and accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability, you can request assistance by contacting Disability Resources at 928-523-8773 (voice), 928-523-6906 (TTY), 928-523-8747 (fax), or dr@nau.edu (e-mail). Once eligibility has been determined, students register with Disability Resources every semester to activate their approved accommodations. Although a student may request an accommodation at any time, it is best to initiate the application process at least four weeks before a student wishes to receive an accommodation. Students may begin the accommodation process by submitting a self-identification form online at https://nau.edu/disability-resources/student-eligibility-process or by contacting Disability Resources. The Director of Disability Resources, Jamie Axelrod, serves as NAU’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and Section 504 Compliance Officer. He can be reached at jamie.axelrod@nau.edu.

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH

Students who engage in research at NAU must receive appropriate Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. This instruction is designed to help ensure proper awareness and application of well-established professional norms and ethical principles related to the performance of all scientific research activities. More information regarding RCR training is available at https://nau.edu/research/compliance/research-integrity.

MISCONDUCT IN RESEARCH

As noted, NAU expects every student to firmly adhere to a strong code of academic integrity in all their scholarly pursuits. This includes avoiding fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism when conducting research or reporting research results. Engaging in research misconduct may result in serious disciplinary consequences. Students must also report any suspected or actual instances of research misconduct of which they become aware. Allegations of research misconduct should be reported to your instructor or the University’s Research Integrity Officer, Dr. David Faguy, who can be reached at david.faguy@nau.edu or 928-523-6117. More information about Misconduct in Research is available at https://nau.edu/university-policy-library/misconduct-in-research.

SENSITIVE COURSE MATERIALS

University education aims to expand student understanding and awareness. Thus, it necessarily involves engagement with a wide range of information, ideas, and creative representations. In their college studies, students can expect to encounter and to critically appraise materials that may differ from and perhaps challenge familiar understandings, ideas, and beliefs. Students are encouraged to discuss these matters with faculty.

Last revised August, 2019

 

 

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